Heroin addiction is at an all time high in the united states and the numbers are staggering. I the last two years, heroin deaths have doubled. In addition…
- In 2007, 93% of the world’s opium supply came from Afghanistan. (Opium is the raw material for heroin supply.) Its total export value was about $4 billion, of which almost three quarters went to traffickers. About a quarter went to Afghan opium farmers
- Opiates, mainly heroin, were involved in four of every five drug-related deaths in Europe, according to a 2008 report from the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction.
- Opiates, mainly heroin, account for 18% of the admissions for drug and alcohol treatment in the US.
One of the latest crazes in the treatment field right now is studying vaccines for drug addiction. This sounds like a crazy concept, but there has actually been a lot of promising results, specifically for heroin addiction.
Imagine this: You’re given a vaccine early in life that prevents the euphoria produced by heroin and other drugs in the body. The time comes that the said individual wants to try heroin for the first time, however when it is ingested, nothing happens.
That’s what scientists are working on and it’s causing a lot of controversy. The opposition claims that addiction is more complicated than what the vaccine can treat, and that we shouldn’t be investing our time and money into solutions that don’t treat the cause of addiction.
Unfortunately there is no complete cure all for heroin addiction just yet. There needs to be more research involved before such a treatment can be brought to the market. For now, a combination of medical detoxification, group therapy, and individual sessions with a profession are your best bet to treat addiction.
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